I didn't think I'd ever get there, but this month it finally happened: 100 items are now available in my etsy shop!
I've had The Frog Bag up and running since September of 2007. I was haphazard about it at first, but lately I've been doing a lot more work. It's an eclectic mix, to say the least. Lots of beadwork, like the big focal bead on the left, takes hours to complete.
Earrings and bracelets are faster to make, but not by much. And of course the shop hasn't been static; keeping up with orders while adding to current inventory sometimes seems like a second full-time job.
Then there are the cat toys, which are a real labor of love.
I'm thrilled when I look back over my records and see just how many of those have made their way to felines around the world since 2007!
But in the end, what is it all for? Sure, having a little shop on etsy is fun, and I love to buy beads which would otherwise sit idle in my studio, but what's the point of all this work?
The answer is easy: tapir conservation! Tapirs as a group are probably the most endangered, yet overlooked, megafauna in the world. So 20% of the proceeds from The Frog Bag go to the Tapir Preservation Fund. Because I for one don't want to live in a world without tapirs!